Conveniently located at 5 minutes walking distance from Austin MTR Station on the West Rail Line and same distance from Jordan MTR Station on the Tsuen Wan Line. At walking distance (15 minutes) also from the popular luxurious shopping mall called "Elements" and the newly open and tallest uilding in Hong Kong, the ICC Tower, which is the same site of the Airport Express Train, Kowloon Station. Right downstairs there is a series of jade shops opened and crowded only at day time, night time is actually a pretty quiet place. A few steps away also from Temple Street Night Market, one of the "must see's" for all tourists in Hong Kong and right around the corner is the popular Jordan Road, one of the busiest and noisiest roads in Hong Kong. And the convenience of its location it is about the only one good thing I can think of when I remember my stay at The Lodge.
Sure if you are a smoker there is one more good thing.... the balcony! And that's really it.
Downsides are numerous and I'll try to list all of them.
Rooms are super-small and everything you do inside from taking a shower to trying cook some simple food is a real challenge. The challenge becomes even harder if there is more than 1 tenant. The room sizes vary from 400 to 450 sqf or this is what they mention on their catalogue, the fact is that 3 steps is the whole walkable area inside the flat ... but that of course if you exclude the balcony!?!?! Hard to believe in one of world's most polluted area some "clever" architect had the brilliant idea to adapt balconies to a building already severely missing the basic indoor space. It is a "serviced" apartment or so they call it, but the cleaning service take place only one time per week, that means no matter how dirty will get the room, you'll have to live with dust and dirt until cleaning day comes. Same issue for the bed sheets which will be changed only once a week, so if u still wet your bed, you either bring a spare sheet or wear diaper! No towels nor bathroom soaps of any kind are given. The fridge size is proportional to the room, therefore basically a minibar style fridge and personally I was that unlucky that in my fridge the frozen compartment was not working (discovered that after melting 3 cups of Haggen Dazs icecream, shoot!). The point is ... if u stay in a hotel the mini-size fridge is ok because you'll probably stay a few days only and you'll likely eat outside during those days. But for a serviced apartment, where people plan to stay months, the mini-size fridge is a real nightmare! TV has a good selection of channels but no DVD player! There are 2 A/C units which are enough to keep cool such a small place and actually even only one would be sufficient. Something gotta give, the room I admit is cleverly designed in order to get a good storage capacity, some built is cabinets and the drawers under the bed serve the purpose quite well. So for those of you who are planing to stay at The Lodge, first of all I hope you'll stay alone (maximum a couple only if u enjoy the very close contact and zero privacy)! I'd sincerely discourage families with kids to book in this place. Second of all, be sure the convenient location is the most important feature you pursue for your accomodation and finally be sure you are not claustrophobic! And even if you match with these requirements please think carefully prior to put yourself into this tiny hole! For those of you on a budget like I was, please note I regretted my choice about every day of my stay. But that's just me.
- Also Known As:
- The Lodge Serviced Apartments Hong Kong